Starting a business is a dream that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. There are several steps you must take before your business actually gets off the ground, however. If you live in Maryland, read the instructions below to see how to obtain a vending license.

Things You Will Need
  • Employer Identification Number

  • Combined online registration application

How to Obtain a Vending License in Maryland

Contact the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation. With this department's help, you can register your business name and obtain a Trade Name Application. You can get in touch with this office by calling (410) 767-1340.

Obtain a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). You may apply online for this on the Internal Revenue Service's website (

Get in touch with the Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury. This office will help you set up business tax accounts and additional accounts for things like alcohol and motor fuel. You can call the department at (410) 767-1313 or submit the Combined Registration Online Application.

Contact the clerk of the circuit court district you plan on opening your business in. You can call the office or visit the website for business license requirements. Every county is different, so make sure you know the requirements specific to the county your business will be located in. Follow your county's instructions on obtaining a business license.


A helpful feature on Maryland's Business License Information System site ( is a search engine that allows you to enter your business type (i.e., food) and see the steps you need to take for your specific business.